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CPC Tackles 27 Community Projects this Fall

October 29, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With the fall semester in full swing, more than 27 new projects are now underway from the Community Partnerships Center (CPC) at Roger Williams University, including a wide scope of new ventures – from potentially expanding the Crompton Library in West Warwick to revising an affordable housing plan in Lincoln. Latino Public Radio, GrowSmart Rhode Island and the Providence Public Library are among the new project partners that have joined the growing list of area nonprofits that have collaborated with RWU faculty and students on a variety of community initiatives that will benefit cities and towns throughout Southeastern New England.

WeatherBug to Help Campus Respond to Extreme Weather Events

October 21, 2014

While fall is such a beautiful time on campus, it also means that winter is just around the corner. The Office of Facilities Management is gearing up for cold and icy storm conditions this year with a new weather monitoring device that helps the staff better prepare for winter storms as they clean and clear pathways and parking lots to keep the campus community safe.

In September, National Grid and Earth Networks helped install the WeatherBug monitoring station on North campus between the North office building and James L. Maher Center to improve access to local weather conditions. In addition to providing localized, real-time weather data to RWU, the weather monitoring systems will help local emergency management officials, first responders, public works departments and National Grid to better prepare for, and respond more efficiently to, extreme weather incidents that can impact local communities and cause power outages.

HousingWorks RI Annual Fact Book shows middle income Rhode Islanders struggle with housing costs

October 3, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I., – The 2014 Housing Fact Book released today by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) shows a persistent housing cost burden for Rhode Island homeowners and renters alike, but particularly for the state’s lower and middle income groups. 2014 marks the 10th annual Housing Fact Book and the analysis looks back at trends in housing affordability inRhode Island since 2000.
“Rhode Island’s housing market has changed dramatically during the last decade. From the surging home prices in 2003 to when the bubble burst in 2007 to the lingering effects of the foreclosure crisis today, we wanted to see what this has meant for housing affordability for Rhode Islanders at different income levels,” said Nicole Lagace, Director of HWRI. “Documented throughout our analysis are persistent housing cost burdens for homeowners and renters alike, despite marked highs and lows in home and rent prices over the last decade.”
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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

GospelFest 2014

Roger Williams University’s GOSPELFEST 2014 will be the final event in a six-week exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” is an ALA/NEH traveling exhibit that opened at the University Library on September 23rd and will close on November 2. It has been accompanied by a wide range of lectures and performances focusing on the complex legal, constitutional, and ethical issues that faced Lincoln during the Civil War.

Homecoming & Family Weekend to Feature Fun, Friends

October 21, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Whether you’re a dedicated Hawk who never leaves campus or an alumnus/a seeking to reconnect with old friends, get ready to turn up your blue and gold at Homecoming and Family Weekend! The celebration that conjures RWU pride in students, alumni, families and faculty/staff alike will take place from October 24 to 26. 

Finding something fun to do this weekend won’t be hard – with a jam-packed schedule of lively events, there’s something for everyone. Get in the Hawk frame of mind by supporting winter sports teams at the Midnight Madness pep rally, or by attending any number of games and matches happening on campus. Alumni can revisit their college sports days by playing in the Alumni Softball Game or registering for the Homecoming 5K Race, which is also open to all students, families, and faculty. Families can get to know the area better with tours of campus and of scenic Bristol, and by noshing on candy apples at Autumn Fest on the Commons Quad. Special musical and comedic performances will also be an option for entertainment.

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Campus Presentation Examines Memory and Fact Surrounding Legacy of Slavery

October 20, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – When we as Americans – particularly northerners – contemplate our history of enslaving Africans, we tend to frame it as the nightmare that happened down south approximately 150 years ago. But how many of us know that many northerners were complicit in the profiteering from this nightmare, or recognize that the legacy of slavery did not tidily end with the liberating decree of the Emancipation Proclamation and conclusion of the Civil War?

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Social Justice Week Kicks off at RWU

October 14, 2014


BRISTOL, R.I. – Training a lens on the serious problems affecting society, Social Justice Week 2014 at Roger Williams University raises awareness of unfair conditions with the goal of inciting students to awaken the advocate within and create change.

Through civil discourse, diversity training, activist performances, and thought-provoking documentaries, Social Justice Week – from Tuesday, Oct. 14 to Wednesday, Oct. 22 – will explore the legacy of slavery and civil rights, and raise awareness of less-examined issues of elder justice and how diminished access to health care produces inequality.

Organized by Laura D’Amore and Autumn Quezada-Grant, professors of history and American studies, the annual series offers the chance to see how social justice issues touch everyone. Through interactive activities and accessing resources to become involved, they hope that all campus members – students, faculty and staff – recognize and do their part to make the world a better place.

University to Host Free Jazz Concert with the Acclaimed Joe Locke Duo on Oct. 15

October 8, 2014


BRISTOL, R.I. – A modern-day master of the vibraphone, Joe Locke has long been acclaimed as one of the major voices of his instrument, capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range.

With a far-reaching repertoire that includes jazz standards, blues, ballads and original numbers, Locke takes the stage at Roger Williams University on Wednesday, Oct. 15, with the exceptionally talented Jim Ridl on piano, a creative force in his own right.

Part of the Live@RWU series at Roger Williams University – which has hosted legend Freddy Cole, emerging jazz superstar Aaron Diehl and pianist Johnny O’Neal in recent months – the concert is free and open to members of the public who reserve tickets in advance.

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RWU Joins Private College 529 Plan to Offer Future Students Unique Savings

October 7, 2014


BRISTOL, R.I. – In a move that furthers the University’s commitment to addressing college affordability for students and families – a key focus via its Affordable Excellence initiative – Roger Williams University has joined the Private College 529 Plan (PC529), a pre-paid tuition savings plan that allows participating families to lock in today’s tuition rates for future use.

The PC529 plan allows families to purchase tuition certificates that guarantee the student’s tuition at the current tuition rate for 30 years from date of purchase – no matter how much tuition rises or what happens in the financial markets.